An order preventing deconstruction of Christ Church Cathedral
has been lifted by the High Court, Newstalk ZB reported
The Anglican Church and the Great Christchurch Building Trust
(GCBT) led by Jim Anderton have been engaged in prolonged
litigious battle over its future since the 2011 February
earthquake severely damaged it.
The church wants it demolished to build a contemporary
option, while the GCBT has fought to rebuild it as it was.
After taking it to the High Court, Justice Graham Chisholm
ordered a stay of deconstruction until the church committed
to rebuilding a new cathedral.
In a decision released this afternoon, Justice Chisholm
lifted that stay.
He said the Church Property Trustees have now committed to
the construction of a new cathedral, they gave fair
consideration to issues, and there was no evidence that
improper motives affected the decision.
- By Newstalk ZB